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8 March 2019 51W, 1.5μm, 7 WDM (25nm) channels PPM downlink transmitter and 500W, 1μm, uplink PPM transmitter for deep space lasercom
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Proceedings Volume 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI; 109100L (2019) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513801
Event: SPIE LASE, 2019, San Francisco, California, United States
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This paper describes progress toward a space -based 51 W average power amplifier for deep space PPM and Earth GEO links. We demonstrated a broadband WDM amplification at 50W with flat gain across a 25 nm bandwidth. Similarly, for 5 W amplifier we demonstrated a flat gain across a 32 nm bandwidth. These amplifiers demonstrate the feasibility for multi-channel space optical communications links. To increase the bandwidth GEO links to multi-Tbps and deep space links to > Gbps. The laser supports kW/channel SBS limited peak power for PPM and achieves an optical-to-optical efficiency of > 40%. In a separate but related effort for a deep space uplink beacon, we achieved 500 W average power, 2.6 kW peak power PPM (2,2) for a 1 μm uplink transmitter. Reliable SBS free operation is achieved with phase modulation resulting in 26 GHz transmitter linewidth. Uplink transmitter is optimized for 65 usec (pulsewidth) slot size—achieving fastest possible rise/fall times (<10 usec) and pulse uniformity.
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Doruk Engin, Joe Rudd, Khoa Le, Kent Puffenberger, He Cao, Nick Sawruk, Brian Mathason, Andrew Schober, and Mark Storm "51W, 1.5μm, 7 WDM (25nm) channels PPM downlink transmitter and 500W, 1μm, uplink PPM transmitter for deep space lasercom", Proc. SPIE 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI, 109100L (8 March 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513801
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